Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sad Shrimps Are Pulverised; Morecambe Need a Miracle after Dagenham Hit Six

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sad Shrimps Are Pulverised; Morecambe Need a Miracle after Dagenham Hit Six

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JOSH Scott struck four goals as Dagenham & Redbridge all but secured their place in the Coca-Cola League Two play-off final with a 6-0 thrashing of Morecambe. Dagenham took just four minutes to open the scoring yesterday through Paul Benson and capped a marvellous hightempo performance at Victoria Road with five more goals.

Scott struck four in the space of 34 minutes with Benson adding another as the Daggers made a mockery of Morecambe's fourth-placed finish in the table.

John Still's side will now head to Christie Park on Thursday evening knowing that only a remarkable comeback from the Shrimps can stop them reaching Wembley.

Sammy McIlroy's visitors were never in the game and the former Manchester United midfielder faces a difficult task to rouse his side for the home leg - the final game at their old stadium.

Rotherham striker Adam Le Fondre claimed his 29th goal of the season as the Millers snatched a late winner at Aldershot in Saturday's semi-final.

Le Fondre had endured a quiet second half of a tense game but took advantage of a defensive howler from Aaron Brown to put his side in pole position to book a Wembley final place ahead of the second leg at the Don Valley stadium on Wednesday night.

Police were forced to break up "ugly" scenes between football fans after Saturday's League One play-off between Huddersfield Town and Millwall.

Three fans were arrested after trouble flared in the stands following the final whistle in the goalless at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield. The second leg takes place at the New Den tomorrow night.

Charlton, meanwhile, face arguably one of the biggest matches in their history when they host Swindon in today's second leg.

The Addicks need to overturn a 2-1 deficit to secure a place in the Wembley final and a shot at returning to the Championship at the first attempt.

It is four years almost to the day since Charlton fans waved goodbye to Alan Curbishley, the manager who guided them into the Premier League and kept them punching above their weight among the elite. …

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